Sam Cole was hired as the safeties coach at Sacramento State in January of 2019.
Prior to joining the Hornet staff, Cole completed his second stint as the defensive coordinator at Folsom High School from 2016-18. During his time with the Bulldogs, Folsom posted a 42-3 overall record, won three league titles, two Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I championships and a pair of CIF Div. 1-AA crowns. In 2017, Folsom surrendered just 18.8 points per game en rounte to a perfect 16-0 overall record. The next year, the team held the opposition to 13.9 ppg and earned its second consecutive state title. Folsom was 14-1 during the season with its lone loss coming against perennial powerhouse De La Salle, 14-0, in the season opener. The Bulldogs posted three shutouts during the year and limited opponents to 14 points or less in 11 games, including a 21-14 overtime win over Cathedral Catholic in the state championship.
Cole spent the 2015 season as a defensive intern at Montana State. On that staff, he worked alongside co-defensive coordiantors Jamie Marshall and Kane Ioane.
Cole's first tenure at Folsom HS ran from 2011-14 where he was the co-defensive coordinator. During that stretch, the Bulldogs won three Sac-Joaquin Section titles and claimed the state Div. I title in 2014. Folsom also fell to De La Salle in the NorCal Open Division championship in 2012 and 2013. Cole was also a member of the staff which included Troy Taylor and fellow Hornet assistants Kris Richardson and Bobby Fresques.
A native of Northern California, Cole graduated from Folsom HS in 2005 and was a first team all-Delta League defensive back as a senior. He then played at American River College for two seasons and was named first team all-league as a sophomore. Cole transferred to Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas. After appearing in nine games and making five tackles as a junior, he recorded 33 total tackles and four pass breakups during his senior season.
He earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and exercise science from Tarlton State in 2011.